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Chapter XV: The Journey North
A month passed since the victory over Rathamon. Life was returning to Sanctuary, along with something foreign; hope.

Titus kept himself busy, focusing on the task at hand. Not that he had anyone to speak with; Balthasar was gone, Raylos was dead, Garr was changed, and Gaelen spent his time with the Eastwatch. With Melerra returned to Sanctuary, Titus spent most of his time training at the keep. He was truly alone in a crowd.

Three days after the celebration of Renewal, Titus was out training in the courtyard with Garr when they were called to the council chambers. Prince Kafen honored Titus with the title Lord Protector of Sanctuary, gifting him with a valuable signet ring. Afterward, Gaelen and the Eastwatch provided the intelligence they gained on the massive amount of Yuan-Ti and Beysibians that had escaped the battle. Though wounded, the enemies army was still very much a threat.

They set out to Illandor by ship two days later. Much to their surprise, Tristan Farron, Raylos' son threw his gear on the deck. None were sure of his intentions, and Garr was suspect of his skill. Despite the hot-headedness, they welcomed him aboard.

Following quickly behind, Balthasar ran aboard, "Ok, you were right. We made it." he said over his shoulder to a young woman, of no more than fifteen. She just smiled and came aboard. Balthasar introduced Lyari to his companions.

Not a few days out, Tristan called out a challenge to Garr. He believed the party failed to save Raylos and intended to prove that through combat. Before weapons could be drawn, however, Captain Yago ordered them to their cabins for breaking curfew. The next day the captain helped them work off some of the stress they were under. An unexpected squall helped work the party to near exhaustion. Thankfully, the rest of the journey was less eventfull.

Arriving in Northport, they were greeted by a company of elite Rankan soldiers and a Blue Star Adept! Jaehlent was under direct orders to apprehend Prince Kafen and his men under suspect of treason.

The party, except Balthasar, handed over their weapons and went to the local garrison. He stayed behind, looking for a way to free his allies.

At the garrison they were interrogated by Jaehlent and Constable Hroaham. The facts were stacked against the party. Kafen was traveling with a convicted murderer, known traitor, and a Yssge barbarian. Tristan wanted a trial by combat to prove his innocence, and Titus was just looking for a viable way out of their situation.

While Balthasar was sneaking about, he noticed a large number of longboats arriving on shore; it was a Yssge raiding party! Balthasar ran as fast as his feet could carry him. Let us kill them. The Xiphoid may not control him anymore, but it was still a chorus of screams in his mind.

The sounds of battle erupted all around Northport. The Yssge were intent on razing the small town to the ground. Weaponless, the party broke out of their cells and charged into battle. The advance guard of Yssge were met not by a wall of Rankan soldiers, but by a single Eastwatch ranger. Gaelen cut down a number of rushing barbarians with little effort. Balthasar then moved to strike the warchief, but was stopped cold by the awesome might of a bloodrager.

Titus, Tristan, and Garr rushed out looking for enemies to lay down. Garr plowed through enemies and allies alike, colliding into the warchief.

The fight became bloody after that. The heroes learned why the Yssge are such a feared enemy. Balthasar was nearly cut down twice before killing the bloodrager, and Titus struggled to put an end to the axe raider he parried with.

During the confusion, Gaelen heard the familiar scream of a local tavern girl, Zenobia. Turning back, he saw a number of Yssge hauling her out by the hair. Quickly, he drew back and loosed an arrow into the eye of her assailant. Tristan ended the other two before Zenobia hit the ground.

Titus was then freed to assist Balthasar while Tristan assaulted the warchief with a barrage of strikes, knocking him cold when he tried to run. Jaehlent arrived in time to save Titus' back, launching a powerful lightning bolt at a flanking Yssge raider.

With the battle ended, Titus pleaded with Jaehlent, "This should prove our innocence. We must have a chance to speak with the Yssge!" Tristan added, "Can we count this as my trial by combat"? Jaehlent nodded, "Under Rankan law, I forfeit my life if I let a traitor go free. Prince Kafen will stay with me, but I will let the rest of you move on." With that said, she reached into her robes and drew forth the party's weapons.

Titus led the heroes back to the ship where they found Lyari waiting with their gear. "The horses will arrive, shortly", she said with a calm demeanor. Sure as she said it, Garr arrived with five horses.

"I have to wonder, though, why are we not taking a longboat?" Lyari smirked...
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TGU's Age of Worms
Greetings
HI all, let's see if this site will suit us better than what we currently have ((scattered around the internet we already have the blog, the google docs with the logs, and the wiki, this will replace all that I hope))
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Mucha's Mom, Valerie
Where is that lazy son of mine. I swear, I nearly broke my back to put him through art school and then he takes a corporate job? It breaks a mother's heart to see her son waste his potential.

Oh, my baby boy was never supposed to be a wage slave. No nine to five job, that was my territory - all day in that dusty factory, surrounded by the cloying smell of Nerps and those imbeciles I had to call colleagues. I gave thirty years of my life to that place, all so that my dear Mucha could exercise those artistic talents. Classical music on the trideo, art lessons, enrichment centers, all that nuyen spent on shaping and refining a mind to appreciate the finer things in life. To create them, for others to enjoy.

He sits there in his cubicle, filing away. Saeder-Krupp has his soul, and his mother gets nothing. Not even a visit, or a phone call. Or a Mother's Day card. Just a check every month to pay for my good for nothing care-giver.

Ungrateful.
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Garr Earthbender: Interlude
As Garr surveyed the scene in the temple district, he saw it much differently than the others did that day. Where the gate was, primal energies still stirred weakly. He couldn't exactly see the energies but when he closed his eyes, he could sense them searching for something to grab a hold of. Like a snake with it's head chopped off, they refused to die when the gate closed. They writhed without purpose. They would not go away.

Garr then stood vigil at the gate. For a month, he did not move from the spot where Raylos died. The tendrils grasped at him, but Bastigen would not let them take hold. They tried to pierce Garr, but his will and fury turned them away. Finally, at the end of the month, Garr's companions came to make sure that he was still well. This was almost their end. The primal tendrils lashed out at them, intent on stealing their life force for their own. This is when Garr finally understood what he was capable of.

With Bastigen's help, Garr's wild spirit leaped from his body and lashed around the remnant. His will overcoming the powers of another plane of existence entirely. He held the tendrils back with a ferocity he had never known. Then with a great shout that reverberated across sanctuary and an earthquake centered on him, Garr banished the things back to were they came from.

As his eyes came open, Garr noticed his friends staring at him.

"Now it is over," he said.

The battle of sanctuary now finally over, the barbarian turns his thoughts to the future and Thalstagg. What an evil man. Among the history of Warchiefs, he was the most brutal and sadistic. He pillaged. He raped. He killed his rape victims. Sometimes before he raped them. Is this what the pinnacle of the Yssge have become? Murders and rapists? Garr know of this firsthand. When bandaging his wounds on a large scale raid, Garr noticed Thalstagg raping a woman of no more than 15 winters. He knew that Thalstagg was twisted, but then as the Warlord finished, he looked directly at Garr.

"slave, kill the whore." said Garr's superior.

Garr sat in stunned silence. How could he do that? This girl had done nothing to deserve this. She sat there in silence, bruised, bloody,and barely alive. "No."

"What was that you said slave?" said Thalstagg. The mountain of a man picked up his twisted spear and advanced on Garr. "KILL HER NOW!"

Garr stood up. "No." This was the second to last thing that Garr remembered of that day. Thalstagg took the butt of his spear and thrust it into Garr's face.

As Garr crumpled to the ground going unconscious, Thalstagg threw his spear at the girl who was trying to crawl away with a clearly broken leg and mangled arm. The last thing Garr remembered that day was the Warchief laughing.



Garr would show the Yssge their true selves and power. He will show them their true selves and honor. He will show them the ancient Gods who they used to worship and commune with. HE will show them their past and lead them to their future.
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An Interlude (continued)
The spoiler is what Lesyeux says to her spirit mentor, Voire, and has back story and a secret that Nico told her in it.



OOC: I ate girl scout cookies for breakfast. I also had to retype all of this after accidentally navigating away from the page the first time. >:|
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